Two million blog views

Yesterday, our blog passed the two million hits mark – a bit of a milestone for us.

Thank you to everyone who has read, contributed, commented, shared and supported it.

This is an opportune moment to pay tribute to two sets of people in particular:

  1. RSPB Investigations Teams (and in Scotland the SSPCA Special Investigations Team is also playing an increasingly important role). There aren’t that many of them but what they lack in quantity they more than make up for in quality. It is thanks to their skill, tenacity and ingenuity that many of the raptor persecution incidents that we report have come to light.
  2. Raptor Study Group Members. Again, there aren’t that many of them but it’s thanks to their expertise and effort (they all work in a voluntary capacity on their days/evenings off) that we are able to understand the wider impact of individual raptor persecution crimes. Without their hard-earned data, we wouldn’t know that illegal persecution is having population-level effects on several raptor species, notably golden eagle, hen harrier, red kite, goshawk and peregrine.

Here’s a reminder of why we do what we do. This is Fearnan, a young golden eagle who was found dead on a grouse moor in the Angus Glens. He’d been illegally poisoned. He’s one of many, many victims, illegally killed by the game-shooting industry.



16 Responses to “Two million blog views”

  1. 1 Alister J. Clunas
    June 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Well done on your well informed, well written blogs and your tenacity.

  2. June 7, 2016 at 11:25 am


    The Animal Interfaith Alliance sends you our compliments and thanks.

  3. June 7, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Congratulations! Here’s to the next million, and then another two million and more. Your blog is a great read and helps keep the rest of the world honest. Well done.

  4. 5 against feudalism
    June 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you RPUK, for your tireless work. You have opened my eyes to this national shame.

    I think, if asked, most in Scotland would regard the Golden Eagle as a national symbol, it is heart breaking to read the list of poisoned and shot golden eagles in your Moy link. One can assume these were carried out by gamekeepers, but let us not forget, at the behest of some of the wealthiest estate owners.

    This has to be stopped.

  5. 6 AnMac
    June 7, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I concur with all above statements. The information you provide in such detail keeps us all well informed on what takes place in the countryside in the UK and Ireland.

    You will get our support of that there is no doubt.

    Saw the new environment minister at Ingliston last Friday but thought it wasn’t the appropriate place to ask her when she is going to announce the decision on whether the SSPCA are to be given more power to go after the raptor killers.

  6. 7 Merlin
    June 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    two million thanks guys

  7. 8 Ann Doohan
    June 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    When i see these beautiful birds such as the Eagle and her chick on Springwatch and all other raptors its so unfair, why do people want to destroy when others only look.

  8. 11 Damion Willcock
    June 7, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Well done, and thank you, RPUK.

  9. 12 Les Wallace
    June 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Many, many thanks. It’s not just bringing the information to us that’s great, it’s the way it’s done with eloquence, passion and biting satire (‘district nurses’) – which makes it great to direct people to this site and pass on these posts. The people doing the killing clearly hate this site, well done.

  10. June 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Superb work…keep it up..were all behind you…

  11. 14 Dylanben
    June 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Truly superb, my only regret being that there has been so much bad news to make this figure attainable. We really are indebted to you for your tenacity and informed comment. I look nowhere else these days.

  12. 15 jamie james
    June 9, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Well done RPUK keep shining the light into this dark and dirty corridor.

    There are those that seek to deny or hide the scale of what is happening out there

    Like many other crimes its all about money and power.

    The standard of your reporting is truly high class……..

    I remember when some within the police and copfs service were very unsupportive of your blog claiming it was compromising prosecutions. How wrong they have been proved to be. I question their motives and how little they have done to reduce this problem.

    Keep up the good work

  13. 16 Tudor Jones
    June 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Thank You Thank You. Invaluable.

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